THE 2020 Support Homeless People Luncheon to be held on Friday 3 April at the Barn Palais has sold out. Five hundred people will gather to be entertained by emcee Rupert McCall OAM and hear keynote speaker Melanie Cooper AM at the premier fundraising and business networking event for the Limestone Coast.
The first luncheon was held in 2012 and was the brainchild of the late philanthropist Barry Maney OAM and Barry Maney Group dealer principal Barry Stafford.
When they learnt of the work local non-profit agency ac.care was doing for people experiencing homelessness, they wanted to create an event to raise awareness and funds to help, according to Mr Stafford, who continues to chair the organising committee.
“To have the luncheon sell-out one month before the event has blown me and my committee away,” he said.
“We have businesses who have supported the event since its inception and as soon as we let them know it’s on again, they purchase their tables.”
He said the appeal of an emcee of the international reputation of Mr McCall, along with Ms Cooper as the first female keynote speaker, would set the luncheon apart from previous events.
“Each year we get asked to increase the ticket numbers,” Mr Stafford said.
“We decided some time ago that because this event is about relationships, and it is those relationships that lead to substantial donations, we cap it at 500.
“I thank the work of my committee – Anne Hinkly-Tyler and Robin Reid were on the founding committee with the late Mr Maney and myself. They have been joined by Astyn Reid, Di Ind and Jason Wallace and together donate their time, passion and expertise to make this happen. It means the legacy of the late Mr Maney continues.”
Courtesy buses will be available from central Mount Gambier to The Barn for ticket-holders, returning after the event.
Doors open at noon for a 12.30pm start.

FUNDRAISING FOCUS: ac.care marketing and communications manager Jason Wallace (back left), committee chairman Barry Stafford and committee members Robin Reid, Di Ind (front left), Anne Hinkly-Tyler and Astyn Reid are ready to welcome the community to this year’s Support Homeless People Luncheon on April 3, 2020.

ac.care Locations

ac.care is a dynamic organisation servicing the South Australian communities the Limestone Coast, Murraylands, Riverland, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.

Our mission is for all country people to have a safe home, enough money to live on and strong, positive relationships.

Please find our service locations here or use our contact form to request a service.

Mount Gambier
Head office and Foster Care

70-72 White Avenue Mount Gambier, SA 5290
PO Box 1842 Mount Gambier SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Community Centre

22-24 Ferrers Street Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Family Relationship Centre

1 Helen Street (cnr Bay Road) Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday
9am to 5pm
Tuesday
10:30am to 5pm
Wednesday
9am to 5pm
Thursday
9am to 5pm
Later by appt
Friday
9am to 5pm

Berri Community Centre
Servicing the Riverland

5 Kealley Street Street Berri, SA 5343
PO Box 1345 Berri, SA 5343
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Murraylands Centre
Servicing the Murraylands, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula

29 Bridge Street Murray Bridge, SA 5253
PO Box 2090 Murray Bridge, SA 5253
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm

Millicent
Community Centre

57-59 George Street Millicent, SA 5280
PO Box 378 Millicent, SA 5280
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
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